Atlantic Blue Marlin
Species: Makaira nigricans
Other common names: Blue Marlin
Maximum weight: 900kg (2000lb)
Current I.G.F.A. all time record: 636kg (1402lb 2oz) – Vitoria, Brazil – Feb 29, 1992
Mandible: Curve down but not hooked.
Pectoral Fins: Fins fold flat along the body.
Dorsal fin: Retractable
Identifying features: Back is dark blue with light blue stripes. These stripes consist of small dots and bars. The belly is silver-white. There are no spots on the fins.
Expected temperature range: 70° F to 86° F (21° C to 30° C)
Migration and breeding: Males rarely attain a weight above 140kg (300lb). Females can produce millions of eggs. Very large females are capable of producing over 100 million eggs.
Typical location: Open ocean along continental shelf drop off, ocean mountains and canyons, current and weed lines. Gatherings of bait schools such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and squid are likely Atlantic Blue Marlin haunts.
Fighting characteristics: Very strong and exceptionally fast fish which can test not only the angler and tackle but the entire crew. The capture of a large Blue is definitely a team effort. Usually fights deeper than a Black or Striped Marlin.